Learning Programs

Motivational Interviewing: Engaging Girls and Young Women

A Learning Program for NYC Child Welfare Professionals

About Motivational Interviewing: Engaging Girls and Young Women

This learning program focuses on the practical application of strengths-based engagement and Motivational Interviewing skills when working with girls involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Participants will learn how trauma can impact girls’ development and subsequent behaviors. Learners will be better equipped to engage adolescent girls and to provide them with information on reproductive and sexual health. Through a series of interactive exercises, the program will provide staff the opportunity to practice trauma-informed techniques that they can then use to support girls and young women.

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for direct service staff and supervisors in child welfare and juvenile justice.

Benefits of the Program

Participants will:

  • Strengthen their use of Motivational Interviewing skills when working with girls and young women.
  • Better understand how trauma impacts development and behavior and be better able to engage girls and young women using a trauma informed lens.
  • Learn methods to effectively communicate with girls and young women about their reproductive and sexual health options.

Course Prerequisites

Prior to attending this course, learners are required to have completed:

  • The Motivational Interviewing learning program offered through the ACS Workforce Institute, or an equivalent.
  • An online pre-test accessed through the Cornerstone Learning Management System.

Course Components

Once enrolled in the course, learners will complete:

  • An online pre-test before the day of class.
  • An interactive, two-day instructor led workshop.
  • An online post-test.

Completion of all components is necessary to receive a Certificate of Completion.

Continuing Education Units

The New York City Administration for Children’s Services is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0402. This course is 13 contact hours/1.3 CEUs. CEU credit is contingent upon completion of all course components.

“Out of all the trainings I’ve been to, this was the best!”

—Motivational Interviewing Participant

Upcoming Dates